The primary focus of this website is the participation of the 1st and 2nd Battalions 35th Infantry Regiment in the Vietnam War. Most of the pages are in Adobe PDF format. This makes them more easily readable and the pages can also be easily saved to either read on your computer at a later date or to print and read at your leisure. While the focus is on the Vietnam War, there is also an extensive history of the Regiment from her beginnings at Douglas, AZ, to her participation in WWII and the Korean War. I hope you enjoy the website as much as I've enjoyed searching out the history.

Jim Anderson  Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry 1967-68

 

Vietnam  1965 - 1970

Operational Reports - After Action Reports - Major Battles

News Articles, Resources and Book Excerpts

Hundreds upon hundreds of pages of Operational Reports, After Action Reports, Personal Accounts, News articles and more covering the 1st and 2d Battalions 35th Infantry Regiment on the field of battle in Vietnam.  The two Battalions, the Cacti Green and the Cacti Blue, fought the NVA and Viet Cong in the hills of the Cambodian Border, on the coastal plains of Quang Ngai Province, in the hills west of Hoi An, back again to the Cambodian border area and into the hills of Central Vietnam.

 

Daily Staff Journal Reports - Vietnam

Daily Staff Journal reports are the written records of the events and actions for each day. They can provide minute by minute to hour by hour coverage of where they were and what was happening. When used in conjunction with the topographic maps from the time, you can follow where they were on a daily basis. With the help of some very dedicated Cacti we are able to post these to the website.

High Resolution Maps of Vietnam

Coming Soon(ish)

Pre-Vietnam War History

1916 - 1918

1916 Beginnings at Douglas, AZ

The Battle of Ambos Nogales

 

At the time of her formation in 1916, tensions were high with neighboring Mexico. Cross border raids were threatening Americans, the war in Europe was raging and it was known that Germany was actively trying to get Mexico to join in their side. These tensions erupted on August 27, 1918 into the conflict to become known as the "Battle of Ambos-Nogales" where the 35th Infantry Regiment suffered her first KIAs. For over a hundred years Private William H Klint (Clint) was noted in numerous writings as the first casualty of that battle. Private Clint was wounded in the battle but did not die. Through research and contact with his grandchildren we've been able to tell his story in this segment.

 1918 - 1921

From the 18th Division to

Assignment to the 25th Infantry Division

Even before the Battle of Ambos-Nogales broke out, the 35th Infantry Regiment was being transferred to the 18th Division with the purpose of deploying to join the fighting in Europe. With the capitulation of the Germans and the end of the war, the short lived 18th Division was disbanded and the 35th was sent to Camp Lewis in Washington state to provide mine and dam security. This too proved to be a short term assignment as the 35th was transferred to Hawaii, the "crossroads of the Pacific", in 1920. And then assigned to the newly formed Hawaiian Division in early 1921, where she would serve for the next twenty years. On 1 October 1941, the Hawaiian Division was broken up into two divisions and the 25th Infantry Division was born.

1941 - 1942

The 35th Inf. Regt. and the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Barely two months after joining the newly formed 25th Division, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the surrounding military installations. The 35th Infantry Regiment was deployed to defend against what was thought to be an imminent ground invasion by Japanese troops. That attack never developed and the 35th spent the next year preparing for the American response.

 

25th Inf. Div Daily Journals for 7 Dec 1941

Fully illustrating the "fog of war" the Daily Journal of the 25th Division offers a first hand look of the events as they unfolded that day. Japanese paratroopers were reported landing, invasion forces were just offshore and spies were communicating with the Japanese.

 

January 1943 - August 1943

Guadalcanal

By late 1942, the Japanese had pushed deep into the Pacific. Guadalcanal was at the tip of their push and the first major land pushback by the Americans. The Marines invaded the island in August of 1942  and won many hard fought battles but had made little progress in moving the Japanese from the island. On 25 November the 25th Division was ordered to Guadalcanal. By the end of the first week in January 1943, the 35th Infantry Regiment was in place to join the effort to displace the Japanese. The speed with which the 25th Division carried out her mission earned her the nickname "Tropic Lightning" Division. The 35th Infantry Regiment would earn a Presidential Unit Citation and two of her members the Medal of Honor.

 

August 1943 - January 1945

Vella Lavella to New Caledonia

With Guadalcanal now firmly in American hands, the drive to push the Japanese from the Solomon Islands continued, but was met with stiff resistance. Fearing a long campaign to drive the enemy from Kolumbangara, it was decided to bypass the Japanese stronghold. The 35th Infantry Regiment was chosen to spearhead the attack on the Island of Vella Lavella. On August 15, 1943 the 35th Infantry Regiment invaded, earning her a bronze assault landing arrowhead on her Northern Solomon's campaign streamer. On 18 September the defense of Vella Lavella was turned over to New Zealand forces and the 35th returned to Guadalcanal. In late November she moved to New Zealand for a much needed rest. But too soon she was transferred to New Caledonia for training for the next battle.

 

January 1945 - September 1945

Luzon, Philippines

In January 1945 the battle to retake the Philippines from Japan was begun. This narrative is from the official report from 35th Infantry Regiment commander Stanley R "Swede" Larson. The American forces in the north of the Philippines were facing 150,000 Japanese troops who were well supplied and well dug in to resist the American invasion. The Japanese strategy was not to oppose the landing, but to fight from strongpoint's and make the US forces pay for every inch of terrain. They achieved that goal and over the next 165 days the fight was fierce and bloody. The report is illustrated with drawings from William Rutherfoord's 165 Days A Story of the 25th Division on Luzon.

 

1950 - 1953

The Korean War 

On 25 June 1950 the North Korean's "People's Army" launched a surprise attack on the Republic of Korea. Overwhelming the South Korean's defenses, driving steadily southward, they were in position to take the entire peninsula before Allied forces could intervene.  On 13 July the 35th landed at Pusan in relief of the beleaguered 24th Infantry Regiment. The 35th was joined the fight and was instrumental in holding the line at the Pusan Perimeter, winning a Presidential Unit Citation in doing so. For the next several months the fighting raged with the Americans steadily pushing back against the North. Until the intervention by the Chinese again pushed the fighting to the south. Ending in stalemate and armistice, the Korean War was long referred to as the "Forgotten War". For those 35th Infantry Regiment men who fought there and for those who continue to serve under her banner, the sacrifices made by the men of the 35th Infantry Regiment will never be forgotten.
 

Lineage and Honors 

The 35th Infantry Regiment has earned numerous awards and honors throughout her proud history. From the first battle at the Mexican border to WWII to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan she has earned the respect of her peers. Links to the citations for Presidential Unit Citations, Distinguished Unit Awards and Valorous Unit Awards are included for each citation. "Take Arms"

Medal of Honor

Nine Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of the 35th Infantry Regiment, From WWII, to Korea, to Vietnam.

Distinguished Service Cross

There have been numerous Distinguished Service Cross awards presented to members of the 35th Infantry Regiment. We've posted those that we could locate and will add more as they become available. The Distinguished service Cross is the second highest award for service in the US Military.